As many of us prepare to spend the weekend surrounded by more sugar than Willy Wonka, the thought of its impact on our skin is far from the first thing on our minds. The impact of sugar on our waistlines is usually the go-to thought. Some of us are also dreading what our children’s behavior will be like once they are all “hopped-up” on gigantic chocolate bunnies. But what about your skin?
When sugar (or simple carbs) enter the body they bond with proteins and create AGE’s or Advanced Glycation End-products (aptly named as they can AGE us) the body recognizes these as intruders in the system and creates antibodies that often cause inflammation. Not only is the inflammation itself a problem but since AGE’s bond to proteins such as collagen and elastin the antibodies also destroy them causing premature aging.
The skincare industry widely recognizes the potential aging effects of the glycation process but a slightly less discussed result is the inflammation and what that means;
ACNE, ROSECEA and other inflammatory conditions can also be provoked by sugar.
I myself notice that if I fall off the healthy food wagon my skin will become red, itchy and will often have small bumps on my cheeks. Now the impact of “gut” health is a whole other subject that also plays a role in skin health but sugar is a major culprit here.
So before you pick up that handful of jelly beans or peanut butter egg, think about what wrinkle you are willing to acquire or how red and puffy you are willing to be this week. Pass that Easter candy off on your coworkers in the break room and save your own skin!
Now, if you decide to ignore my warning or your willpower against sugar just isn’t what you want it to be what can you do about it?? There are products on the market to help slow the destruction of collagen and elastin and reduce inflammation. Rhonda Allison’s AGELESS is one of the most comprehensive products on the market to slow this process.
I don’t know about the rest of you- but for me the Oscars are much more about the hour or so of red carpet coverage than the actual show which typically involves movies I haven’t even seen.
That being said, it is so easy for us to sit on our couches with our hair in top knots and not a stitch of makeup on our chip-eating faces and pass judgement on those that spent hours (more like months) prepping for one night.
We all have our favs.
Some prefer the classic Hollywood beauties. Some prefer simplicity and some prefer to see those taking serious risks.
I personally am a Hollywood kind of girl. I love the look of a dress with a beautiful feminine silhouette, a classic full lash and a smoky eye along with a beautifully defined lip.
That is the look that resonates with me year after year.
This year there was a wide range of looks but I would say that the most common thread was a clean face with very little contour, a drop of blush and a striking eye and lip. We are seeing much less liner this season than in the recent past and a simpler look is prevailing.
To be honest, I have seen much more artistic vision on the red carpet from our favorite actresses in previous years.
However, my hands down favorite was Zendaya this year. Her beautifully contoured cheekbones and soft yet smoldering eye brings a very captivating look to this young beauty.
Although Zendaya was my favorite makeup- I did have several favorite gowns and overall looks. Gina Rodriquez and Molly Simms wore striking fantastic plunging neckline gowns. But the woman that stole the show for me was Helen Mirren. She never ceases to impress me. Her stunning beauty and silhouette are only outshined by her grace and elegance.
Once again Ms Mirren you give us all a lot to aspire to!
For years your mother told you that “you are what you eat” and turns out she was very right (probably not just about this).
Your body and it’s largest organ (your skin) function from the fuel that you put in your mouth. The skin needs countless ingredients to replenish what is lost on a daily basis and to nourish it through antiaging processes.
ANTIOXIDANTS one of the most essentials ingredients your skin needs for antiaging. Antioxidants slow or stop free radicals from attacking healthy cells through as process called oxidation. Oxidation of the cells is one of the most detrimental processes in aging skin. Many dermatologists believe it can play a role in some skin cancers.
- Berries; Most berries possess antioxidants but blueberries, goji berries and cranberries are among the most beneficial for the skin.
- Dark chocolate YUMMMMM!
- Red Wine BONUS!! Red wine contains resveratrol which firms and lifts the skin. Scientists believe that resveratrol is most beneficial by consuming it so.. cheers!!!
- Beans dried red beans, dried kidney beans and pinto beans are among the ones with the largest antioxidant content.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS known as “the good fats” help keep the skin hydrated to plump and firm the tissue. Can also act as an anti-inflammatory to sooth skins with rosacea or acne.
- Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids
- Flax seeds, walnuts, dark leefy greens all contain alpha-linolenic acid
- Avocados contain oleic acid which helps to regenerate damaged cells .
LYCOPENE an ingredient known to increase the bodies natural SPF from the inside
- Tomatoes (probably the most famous for this ingredient)
- Guava,watermelon, papaya, grapefruit, sweet red peppers, asparagus, purple cabbage, mangos, and carrots
Water although probably the least exciting ingredient on here it is of tremendous importance. Since our bodies are anywhere from 50-75% water we must replenish what is lost during everyday. Skin functions slow with lack of water not to mention all of the toxins that back up in the body without flushing them out causing negative reactions in the skin.
If plain water is boring add some lemon or orange peel to your glass and then…
EAT IT!! (yep, I know it sounds gross)
A University of Arizona study stated that people who ate these had 33% decreased risk of squamous cell carcinoma.